“Never turn back the sea, watch children constantly” and “pay special attention to rip tides.” These are some of the advice of the National Maritime Authority for the trips to the beach with the official date of the end of the bathing season.

The bathing season has already ended on most Portuguese beaches. As many beaches no longer have the permanent assistance of lifeguards, coupled with the lack of signage and equipment to assist swimmers, it is therefore fundamental that people care in terms of safety, “said the Maritime Authority.

Respecting an interval of three hours after a normal meal before swimming, not turning your back on the sea and paying attention rip tides are also advice that was given.

As for the rip tides, “they can be fatal and cause death by drowning. You should not panic or try to beat the current by trying to swim against it.

If you enter a rip tide, you should summon help and swim sideways (parallel) to the coast line until you no longer feel the effect of the current. Then try and swim towards the shore. “he concludes.



The Aliens and Borders Service (SEF) has complied with a search warrant for the home of a lawyer in the Lisbon area, who is suspected of being exclusively involved in making unfounded applications for asylum, with large financial rewards from foreign citizens, who had been refused entrance into national territory. The investigation of the SEF, denominated “Operation Lingala”, lasted more than a year.

The lawyer was constituted defendant and was notified to appear in court. There are also strong indications of her involvement in a cell in Dakar, Senegal, which allegedly indicated the suspicion that foreign nationals came to Portugal and could subsequently initiate asylum applications.

After the detention of the foreign citizens in the Equipped Space to the Temporary Installation Center (EECIT) at the Lisbon Airport, to which the entry was refused, the lawyer immediately arrived where she requested the consultation of the respective processes, as well as the contact with the passengers (mostly nationals of African countries whose flights originated in Dakar, Luanda and Casablanca) without being asked to attend.

Then, in order to prevent them from being removed to their country of origin, the lawyer submitted an asylum application on behalf of the foreign citizen, as well as a power of attorney appointing her as an agent.

This abuse of the international protection mechanism through asylum applications, which were mostly unfounded, had the sole purpose of preventing intercepted passengers from returning to their country of origin, a move which gave the suspicion a high financial contribution.

During the searches made to her apartment, which also functioned as an office, computer and communication equipment used by the suspects, schedules, notebooks with indication of amounts collected, as well as proof of transfers / receipts of monetary amounts via financial agencies or banks were seized.


The Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) detected eight false or falsified documents at the Lisbon airport on 24 Septemberl, six of which were identified at the border of the Schengen Area and two at the exit.

Early in the morning, one of the first flights landing in Lisbon and coming from São Tomé, with stopover in Accra, detected two male passengers with fraudulent documentation. One of them presented a counterfeit Mauritius passport and the other a passport from the Republic of Korea where the original biographical page was replaced by a fake page. The latter document also contained false border stamps.

On another flight from Rio de Janeiro, a passenger was identified who used a French passport. It was a young woman whose final destination was Italy.

Already at mid-morning, on the arrival of the flight from Caracas, three more passengers, all men, with falsified documents. They presented the border authorities with passports from Germany, Norway and France, all of them with similar frauds: replacing a genuine biographical page with a false one.

During that day, two foreign nationals were also detained, when they presented to the SEF, at the exit border, Brazilian passports containing false border stamps, with which they intended to travel to Brasilia.


The airline’s official statement said: “With a great regret, we must inform you that Primera Air will cease all operations on the midnight of October 1st, 2018 and enter administration process, after 14 years of operations

Primera Air operates it services from Madeira, Lisbon, Faro and Ponta Delgada in Portugal as well as from various points in the United Kingdom.

For UK passengers the Primera website stated that it is not covered by the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s ATOL Protection scheme which only covers passengers booked on a package holiday.

The annoucement states:

9/30/2018 9:00:00 PM

Dear Passengers,

Airline Primera Air and IATA codes PF and 6F have been suspended as of today, October 2nd, 2018.

On behalf of Primera Air team, we would like to thank you for your loyalty. On this sad day we are saying Goodbye to all of you.

Please visit for further updates in next few days. Tour Operator passengers are kindly suggested to address their Tour Operators and Agents for further information and actions.

Kindly understand that the usual options for contacts (via email or phone) can not be offered any longer.

Sincerely yours.

Primera Air team


On its website it states “Passengers wishing to obtain a refund for unused tickets will need to contact the company directly. Passengers who booked directly with the company via either a credit, charge or debit card may alternatively be able to make a claim against their card provider. Some card providers will ask for a negative response letter confirming the position* Passengers may also be able to make a claim against their travel insurer. (*This letter will be published shortly)

Passengers who have flown

Passengers who have travelled will need to make their own arrangements to return home. They should contact their travel insurer or travel agent for assistance.



The GNR announced on Monday 1st October the arrest of 10 people, aged between 22 and 49 years, on suspicion of drug trafficking and possession of prohibited weapons, in Seia, Guarda district.

In a statement, the Territorial Command of the GNR of the Guard said that the suspects were detained on Sunday by members of the Gouveia Territorial Detachment following two inquiries that had taken place for about six months.

Following the investigation, the military carried out 20 search warrants, conducting eleven home searches and nine non-domiciliary searches in various locations in the municipality of Seia.

During the operation, the GNR seized seven vehicles, 19 cannabis plants, five hashish and three doses of cocaine, two methadone vials, 25 mobile phones, two airguns, one air pressure gun, one alarm gun, three guns, a tablet, a computer, two precision scales, and 342 pieces of allegedly counterfeit clothing and footwear.

The detainees, six men and four women, with a criminal record for drug trafficking offenses and possession of a prohibited weapon, appeared before the Seia Judicial Court on Tuesday for first judicial interrogation.




N.º AP/42/DCS/2018 DATA 2018-10-01 HORA 14H30



Increased Rural Fire Hazard


Meteorological situation:

Following the meteorological information provided by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), for the next 48 hours, the weather conditions are forecast of the continuation of dry and hot weather, with intensification of the east quadrant of wind, relatively low relative humidity throughout the territory and with a significant increase in the risk of fire.


In addition to increasing weather severity, there is also considerable presence of forest fuel, resulting in conditions favourable to the occurrence and rapid spread of rural fires. As such it is necessary to ensure the preventive measures described below.


The ANPC reminds people that, according to the legal provisions in force and due to the prolongation of the critical period up to 15 October, it is not allowed:

  • Carrying out burnings and lighting bonfires for recreation, leisure or cooking;
  • Using burning and combustion equipment intended for lighting or cooking;
  • Burning cut scrub and other waste piles, as well as any other kind of farm surplus;
  • Releasing balloons with a lit fuse or any other type of rockets/fireworks;
  • Smoking, lighting fires or using naked flames of any kind in the forest spaces and paths/roads that surround them;
  • Fumigating and pest control in apiaries with devices that are not fitted with spark-retention devices.

The ANPC also reminds people of some special precautions to take, in view of the predicted meteorological conditions, in carrying out agricultural and forestry work, namely:

  • Keep machines and equipment clean of oils and dust;
  • Fill machines in cold and in a place with little vegetation;
  • Be careful to avoid sparks during handling of equipment, avoiding using them during hot periods.

Against this background, ANPC has elevated the Special Alert Status (EAE) of the Integrated Protection and Relief Operations System (SIOPS) to the ORANGE- level Special Fire-fighting Device (SIR) for the districts of Beja, Évora, Faro, Lisbon and Setúbal; and the RED LEVEL  SIOPS Special Alert State (EAE), for the districts of Aveiro, Bragança, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Guarda, Leiria, Porto, Portalegre, Santarém, Viana do Castelo, Vila Real and Viseu (from 011800OUT18 to 032359OUT18).

The ANPC also recommends the need for everyone to adapt their behaviour and activities in view of the danger of rural fires, in particular by adopting the necessary precautionary measures, taking into account the existing prohibitions and paying particular attention to the evolution of the fire hazard to the next few days, available at the websites of the ANPC and the IPMA, with the Forestry Technical Offices of the City Councils and Fire Departments.


Communication and Awareness Division

Jorge Dias | 965 160 096

Alcina Coutinho | 919 201 307


On the first day of the month, in the Alentejo and the Center temperatures were higher than 41º C. The average maximum was almost four degrees above normal

The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) revealed on Monday that last month was the warmest September since record-keeping. The average temperature was 22.98 ° C, plus 2.8 ° than usual at this time of year.

To find the second September warmer it is necessary to go back to 1985, when the average temperature was of 22.89º C. The IPMA records the temperatures from 1931.

Last month, temperatures peaked around 30 degrees across most of Europe. In Portugal, the meteorological peaks were registered in the Alentejo and in the Center. On the first day of the month, Lousã, Moura, Alvega and Tomar respectively scored 41.6º C, 41.5º C, 41.4º C and 41.3º C respectively.

The average maximum temperature reached 30.2 ° C, 3.9 ° C higher than usual at this time of year.

The minimum was 15.7º C, the fourth highest since 1931. And between the days 10 to 17 and 19 to 27 of September there were two heat waves, in which the thermometer marked 5ºC more than the average value of this period.

September was still a weak month of precipitation. 91.6% of the territory was in weak drought and 6.8 in moderate drought. It was the second driest month of the last 30 years; the first was September 2017. The cold air masses and depressions caused by the Azores anticyclone were pointed out by the IPMA specialist as the origin of this metrological phenomenon.

Due to high temperatures, the fire risk alert is maintained and the critical state has been declared until October 15.

The summer of 2018 started late, with the month of June having been more rain since 2000 and the coldest July since the beginning of the millennium. However, in August there was a reversal, with historic temperatures being recorded in several places. August 4 was the hottest day of the 21st century.